Bleak House Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mrs. Snagsby, as well as the reader, is unclear at this time about ___________.

2. The subject of Jarndyce and Jarndyce involves ___________.

3. What is the only thing the Jarndyce suit hasn't ruined, according to Gridley?

4. The marriage between young Rouncewell and Rosa is nixed because ___________.

5. Although Mr. George has a sample of handwriting sought by Smallweed, ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jo affect Dickens' story? Is he a sympathetic character?

2. Why has Chesney Wold become quiet and dismal? How is it different now from before?

3. Describe the relationship between the married Dedlocks, Sir Leicester, and Lady Dedlock.

4. What seems to be the underlying reason for the officer's suspicions about Jo? Can Jo be compared to our homeless population toady?

5. Mr. Turveydrop, the elder, is a most unusual person. What exactly is his mental condition? Is he a healthy person? Is Dickens being facetious?

6. Discuss the ending of the story. What is Dickens' intention when he allows Esther to live on happily after all that has taken place?

7. How did Gerge get so embroiled in the plot of this story? What is his role?

8. What is the significance of the "beadle" arriving at Nemo's death scene if any? What is the beadle?

9. Discuss Mr. Guppy's pursuit of Esther as he follows her around the city. How would this be viewed today?

10. With all of his physical and mental deficiencies, why would Grandfather Smallweed make the trip to George's shooting gallery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Apparently, during Dickens' lifetime, women were still not considered equal to men. Using Bleak House as your basis of research, explore the status of women in the 1800s in England. What clues does this story provide (perhaps unintentionally) about how women were seen and treated?

Essay Topic 2

The gap between the rich and poor seems extremely wide in Bleak House. Write an essay, using the story and its characters, that compares and contrasts the poorest with the wealthiest. Also, try to determine where Dickens' sympathy lay when he wrote Bleak House.

Essay Topic 3

London's Court of Chancery actually existed at one time. Write a well-researched essay about the Chancery, its structure, its intended purpose and its eventual demise. Can you compare the institution to any that are in existence today?

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